Sunday 20 August 2017 / 12:55 AM

Brisbane City make 7 changes for Rays game

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City side named for North Harbour Rays match.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles has made seven changes to his starting side to face the North Harbour Rays at Brookvale Oval in Sydney tomorrow.

Brisbane City suffered just its second loss of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship last week, but the 56-29 result against the Greater Sydney Rams has dropped the side from second to fifth.

Stiles said his side knew there was a simple formula to getting back into finals contention.

“We just need to win the next two games,” Stiles said.

“This competition is incredibly tight. Last week we were in second spot, but it wasn’t a sure footing and a poor performance against the Rams really hurt us. Second spot secures a home semi-final, so we will be working hard to try to get back there in the next two rounds.

“We weren’t physical enough against the Rams, so there can be no complacency going into Thursday night’s game against the Rays. We’re travelling to their home ground in Manly, so we just need to do everything we can to ensure we get our preparation right and hopefully get a strong win.”

Stiles has made four changes to his starting forward pack, one of which has been forced by injury.

Souths’ David Feao returns to the starting lineup at loosehead prop, with Sef Faagase shifting to tighthead prop in place of injured Sydney University prop Sam Talakai (ankle).

University of Queensland skipper Tim Buchanan moves back to second row, with Reds flanker Curtis Browning starting at Number 8 and club teammate Adam Korczyk starting at blindside flanker.

There are three changes in the backs, two of which were forced by injuries suffered against the Rams.

University of Queensland’s Harry Parker returns to starting wing, taking the place of Sunnybank’s Junior Laloifi, while Easts’ Toby White returns to outside centre for injured Sunnybank veteran Rex Tapuai (ankle), and Sunnybank’s Matt Feaunati starts at fullback in place of clubmate Brando Va’aulu (quad).

Brisbane City play the North Harbour Rays at Brookvale Oval in Sydney this Thursday, 9 October, at 7:30pm (AEDT). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Channel 502.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City team

1 David Feao – Souths

2 Andrew Ready – Reds EPS/Easts

3 Sef Faagase – Reds WTS/University of Queensland

4 Tim Buchanan – Reds WTS/University of Queensland

5 David McDuling (C) – Reds/University of Queensland

6 Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland

7 Michael Gunn – Reds WTS/Easts

8 Curtis Browning – Reds/University of Queensland

9 Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS

10 Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths

11 Harry Parker – University of Queensland

12 Samu Kerevi – Reds/GPS

13 Toby White – Easts

14 Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS

15 Matt Feaunati – Sunnybank

16 Matt Mafi – Brothers

17 Pettowa Paraka – Reds WTS/Easts

18 Phil Kite – Reds WTS/GPS

19 Marco Kotze – GPS

20 Chazz Mahina – Sunnybank

21 Brad Wilkin – Easts

22 Jack Mullins – Easts

23 Jake McIntyre – Reds WTS/Sunnybank

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